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Four Surgeries Later, Thiago Alves is 100-Percent Healthy, Targeting UFC 171 Return

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Thiago Alves Returns at UFC on Fox 11 Opposite Seth Baczynski
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Thiago Alves Returns at UFC on Fox 11 Opposite Seth Baczynski

Thiago Alves is healthy and ready to fight, according to a report on UFC Tonight on Wednesday.

Alves hasn’t fought since losing via guillotine choke to Martin Kampmann in March of 2012. Since then, he’s spent much of his time under the knife.

The American Top Team fighter hasn’t been fully healthy for the past several years, since he injured his knee in a 2009 bout with Georges St-Pierre.

He rehabbed the knee at that time, but years later had to have surgery to repair both his ACL and PCL in his left knee. Alves also suffered a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery, and then a biceps injury.

“That’s surgery 4 in a year,” he tweeted following the biceps injury, his most recent. “You can call me the bionic Pitbull! Now the recovery starts!”

His manager, Malki Kawa, told UFC Tonight that Alves is now 100-percent healthy and is hoping to return at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas, although the UFC has yet to make any official announcements to the effect.

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